State­ment by Ubal­dus Ray­mond

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Over the last few weeks I have been ex­posed yet again to one of the ugly truths about life in the pub­lic eye. Peo­ple will con­stantly try to be­smirch your char­ac­ter and use un­der­handed tac­tics to un­der­mine your cred­i­bil­ity.

Since I en­tered pol­i­tics I have main­tained that my in­tegrity and my cred­i­bil­ity are of ut­most im­por­tance. My record speaks for it­self.

Over the last few weeks there have been at­tempts to threaten me. There have been at­tempts to ex­tort monies from me through de­vi­ous means.

I have pro­vided all the de­tails and ev­i­dence in this mat­ter to the po­lice who are car­ry­ing out their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

I want to thank the de­tec­tives of the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force for ap­pre­hend­ing a sus­pect in this mat­ter, which is now in the hands of the court sys­tem.

The sit­u­a­tion I now find my­self in is not a unique one in the world we live in to­day. I know that other per­sons have gone through sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances and they have prob­a­bly not been able to fight back. They have been too scared, they have felt ashamed or they did not want to open up them­selves to the kind of at­ten­tion that shames vic­tims of such crimes.

I want to state clearly that no amount of threats will cause me turn away from my val­ues as a hu­man be­ing and as a fam­ily man. I will not give in to po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tives who will use the most dis­gust­ing tac­tics in or­der to ma­lign my name or to scare me into sub­mis­sion. I will trust in the court sys­tem and in the Almighty God.

Un­til such time as this mat­ter is re­solved through our jus­tice sys­tem I will make no fur­ther state­ments on the case.

I will say fi­nally that I will not be bul­lied. I am not afraid.

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